A Matter of Worth – The Play

 

“A Matter of Worth” by Marcia E. Cole, is a play seen through the eyes of Hannah; a 73 year-old slave with a sharp mother-wit who proves she’s worth much more than what’s being sold on auction day. The play is set in 1855, in Baltimore County, where Hannah lived enslaved on the estate of Caleb D. Goodwin at the time of his demise. Hannah was listed as property right along with the oats, corn, and potatoes in the fields. Hannah’s voice is finally heard, a priceless life-lesson told by a woman whose listed worth is $1.00. The play starring Judy Leak as Hannah, captures the soul and memory of all those who labored unsung and were sold as property along with the livestock.